When it comes to choosing a premium quality touring helmet, the name Schuberth will be at the top of many a rider’s wish list.
The German firm has gained a reputation for manufacturing protective, comfortable and quiet lids with a high-quality fit and finish.
So, expectations are high when a new Schuberth helmet is released. In short, we expect anything carrying the brand name to be nothing but excellent.
With this in mind, we were excited to get our hands on the company’s latest touring helmet the Schuberth C4 Pro at the start of the year. We were immediately blown away by its looks, fit and finish and we couldn’t wait to put some miles on it.
After six months of riding throughout the winter and spring, these are the five things about the Schuberth C4 Pro we’ve been most impressed about.
The C4 Pro is an extremely comfortable helmet. Your head is cosseted inside by a plush interior made from a Coolmax lining that feels smooth and cool against your skin. This is also anti-bacterial, removable and quick drying.
Weighing in at 1.695 kg (including the pre-installed microphone and speakers), the helmet may not be the lightest on paper, but that weight seems to disappear once you put it on. It certainly feels lighter than many other flip-front helmets on the market. Overall, the C4 Pro is a pleasure to wear.
Schuberth helmets are known for being among the quietest around and the C4 Pro is no exception. It’s important to keep in mind that helmet noise is often subjective and can be dependent on an individual’s height, head shape, seating position, the effectiveness of your screen, weather conditions and the speed you ride at. However, we’ve been wearing the Schuberth C4 Pro on a BMW R 1250 GS with a stock screen and it has proved among the quietest flip-front helmets we’ve used.
Fit and finish
The moment you take the Schuberth C4 Pro out of the box you feel like you are holding a high-quality piece of kit. The attention to detail throughout the helmet is impressive. The locking mechanism is smooth and gives a reassuringly solid click, and the spring-loaded chin vent is a nice touch. We also liked the fact the C4 Pro also comes with a pre-installed Pinlock 120 and the peace of-mind of a five-year warranty.
Looking cool is part of biking and many of us will buy gear based on looks as well as performance. In this department, the Schuberth C4 Pro shines. The low profile design gives the helmet a clean, slick look which makes it one of the best looking touring helmets on the market in our opinion.
Those clean curves also help make the C4 Pro aerodynamically efficient, reducing buffeting and increasing stability on the road. This all adds up to a more comfortable ride. This should come as no surprise when you learn that Schuberth went to the effort of building its own wind tunnel to optimise the design of its helmets.
Integrated helmet comms
Out of the box, the C4 Pro comes with a pre-installed microphone, antenna and speakers integrated into the helmet. You simply need to buy and slot in the SC1 Bluetooth communication system, which is made by SENA, and you’re ready to make calls, listen to music and connect to your GPS.
We like integrated helmet comms because they negate the need for a bulky headset clinging to the side of your helmet, or messy wires poking out under interior padding.
Schuberth C4 Pro
Overall, we’ve been impressed with how the C4 Pro has performed over six months and countless miles on the road. If you’re in the market for a new lid, and in particular a top-quality touring helmet that performs as good as it looks, we’d recommend taking a closer look.